New French Shorts 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A seven-film sampler of new Gallic cinema, with comedies, thrillers and dramas starring such icons as Bérénice Bejo and Charlotte Rampling, along with an acclaimed documentary-like short that won a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival. Directors Adriano Valerio (37° 4 S) and Lauren Wolkstein (SOCIAL BUTTERFLY) in person for a post-screening discussion. Co-presented Unifrance Films.

Screening line-up:

THE END (dir. Didier Barcelo, 17 min.) Official selection: Berlin Film Festival. Charlotte Rampling is horrified to discover that there’s a new Charlotte Rampling.

ATLANTIC AVENUE (dir. Laure de Clermont, 13 min.) Official selection: Clermont-Ferrand. Brady Corbet (Simon Killer, Melancholia) is a hustler who takes on an unusual new client.

AUJOURD’HUI (dir. Nicolas Saada, 9 min.) An apocalyptic tale, starring Bérénice Bejo (The Artist, The Past) and American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

THE HOUNDS (Les Meutes, dir. Manuel Schapira, 15 min.) César nominee for Best Short Film. A house-warming party at a hip Paris apartment turns ugly.

THE LIZARDS (Les Lézards, dir. Vincent Mariette, 15 min.) Best short, City of Lights-City of Angels. In a Turkish bath, Leon (rising star Vincent Macaigne) sweats while he waits for a first date with a girl he met online.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY (dir. Lauren Wolkstein, 14 min.) Official selection, Sundance, Palm Springs. An unexpected guest appears at Chloe’s eighteenth birthday. Director in person.

37° 4 S (dir. Adriano Valerio, 12 min.) Special mention, Cannes Film Festival. A portrait of two teenagers who live on the remote Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha, population 270. Director in person.